Theodore Roosevelt once said, “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing.” Doing the right thing is always the way to go, but it’s never easy. Life involves choices. From the moment we wake in the morning until we go to bed at night, we make choices. Hopefully, we make choices that move us in the direction of God’s will for us.
Proverbs 19:21 says, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” In James 1:5 we read, “If any of you lacks wisdom, ask God.” (NIV) We have numerous options, but our Lord’s way is always the way to go.
In his wonderful book, Three Simple Rules, Bishop Rueben Job says three simple rules can guide our daily actions and possibly change the world. These rules are “do no harm, do good, and stay in love with God.” A closer examination of these rules can move us to make the right choices on a daily basis.
“Do no harm” means that we need to avoid harming others. We need to avoid physical harm, but we also need to avoid harm with the words we speak. Gossip, slander, and manipulation are never helpful in our relationship with others.
“Doing good” is a universal command. It is a proactive way of living. It is a way of life in which we do not wait to be asked to help. We go and assist others. A desire to do good always comes in response to God’s invitation to follow Jesus.
“Staying in love with God” includes a focus on the spiritual disciplines like meditation, prayer, study, and journaling. Living in the presence of our Lord is to live from the inside out. As we focus on our inner life, loving acts of peace and reconciliation have the potential to come out.
Life is a constant journey for all of us. By focusing on these simple rules in the New Year, the hope is the right choices will emerge. Let us seek to go God’s way on a regular basis!
May God bless each of you! Happy 2020! Scott